Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post to sue mom and pop websites, advocacy and public interest groups and forum board operators for copyright infringement. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue thousands of these website owners, who are primarily unfunded and will be forced to settle out of court.
Righthaven lawsuitsTo date Righthaven has been ordered to pay $323,138 in legal fees and sanctions.Righthaven lawsuits

Fair Use - What is It?

To help bloggers, webmasters and forum operators gain a better understanding of fair use, we've listed three excellent resources on the subject. Ironically, due to Righthaven's lawsuits, courts are further defining fair use making it less difficult for persons without law degrees to understand.

Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
This FAQ by the EFF covers the basics, as well as the difficult reality that there are "no clear-cut rules for deciding what's fair use and there are no 'automatic' classes of fair uses."
  • What is Fair Use?
  • How Does Fair Use Fit with Copyright Law?
  • How Do You Know if it's Fair Use?
  • What's Been Recognized as Fair Use?
  • Is Fair Use a Right or Merely a Defense?
Copyright and Fair Use
Stanford University Libraries
The extensive content for the Copyright and Fair Use Overview of Stanford University Libraries is from NOLO with much of it taken for the book, Getting Permission by Richard Stim. Sections include:
Fair Use
Citizen Media Law Project
The Citizen Media Law Project is affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The section pertaining to fair use discusses the four factors that courts use to determine fair use.
  • The Four Fair Use Factors
  • Some Special Considerations
  • Practical Tips for Avoiding Copyright Liability
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